A Challenge to Get Involved from the Rotary Club Of Potomac

A Challenge to Get Involved from the Rotary Club Of Potomac

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Rotary Club of Potomac board voted on a new initiative approving reduced dues for Young Professionals.

Effective Oct. 1, dues for individuals under the age of 40 will be only $40 per month. Now you can be a part of the world's most prestigious service club for about the cost of a cup of regular coffee, $100 of which will be a tax-deductible contribution to charities annually. Over the age of 40, dues are about $2/day; below the cost of Starbucks! Out of that $1/day goes to charities making $365/year as tax deductible.

So just in case you are charitable or service inclined and would consider making a difference in your world; please consider Rotary. A network of over 1.4 million working together since 1905. Potomac Rotary’s membership chair Vijay Khetarpal can be reached for any additional questions at 301-785-7100.

We invite Potomac area high school teachers as well as individuals under the age of 40 interested in Rotary's mission to check out the "Join Us" page on our website www.PotomacRotary.org.

“Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.” — Rotary International President Ian Riseley.

We believe in Rotary and want others to have the opportunity for Rotary service, leadership, and fellowship that we enjoy.

Meetings are first and third Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m., at Founding Farmers, 12505 Park Potomac Ave. Fourth Wednesday Happy Hour are held at Sugo Osteria Pizzeria, 12505 Park Potomac Ave.

On the second week of each month the club engages in hands-on community service projects. We hope to see you soon. Want to make a difference in this world? Join us. See www.potomacrotary.org/Page/join-us


1. Friendship / Fellowship / Community

In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship. It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.

2. Business Development

The second original reason for Rotary's beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross-section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.

3. Personal Growth and Development

Membership in Rotary ensures continuing growth and education in human relations and personal development.

4. Leadership Development

Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like a college education. Leadership is all about learning how to motivate, influence and lead leaders.

5. Citizenship in the Community

Membership in a Rotary club helps develop better community citizens. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.

6. Continuing Education

At each Rotary meeting, there is a program designed to keep members informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers on a variety of timely topics.

7. Fun (with a purpose)

Rotary is a fun and exciting place to be.

8. Prestige

Rotary members are prominent people: leaders of business, the professions, art, government, sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, and professionals — people who make decisions and influence policy.

9. Citizenship in the World

Every Rotarian wears a pin that says, "Rotary International." There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary club. Every Rotarian is welcome — even encouraged — to attend any of the 30,000 clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This encourages new friendships in both local and world communities.

10. Assistance When Traveling

Traveling Rotarians can secure medical and professional assistance as well as services and advice from fellow Rotarians throughout the world.

11. Public Speaking Skills

Many individuals who joined Rotary were uncomfortable about speaking in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.

12. Entertainment

Every Rotary club and district have parties and activities that contribute to a diverse, yet professional business life. Rotary holds conferences, conventions, assemblies, and institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary information, education, and service.

13. Development of Social Skills

Every meeting and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one's personality, social skills, and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.

14. Family Programs

Rotary provides one of the world's largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.

15. Vocational Skills

Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on committees and to teach youth about jobs or vocations. Rotary helps to make everyone a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.

16. The Development of Ethics

Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs their ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.

17. Cultural Awareness

Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity are represented among members of Rotary. Rotary is a cross-section of the world's most prominent citizens who are aware of their cultures and have developed a love of working with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.

18. Nice People

Rotarians are nice people!

19. Absence of an Official Creed

Rotary has no secret handshake, no official creed, no secret meetings or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.

20. Opportunity to Serve

As a service club, Rotary's business is mankind and its product is service. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do good.